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Can I restore my firearm rights in Washington if I have been committed to a mental health facility?

Under Washington law, you cannot possess a firearm if you have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility or you were found incompetent to stand trial.  

But this is not necessarily a permanent ban.  Under RCW 9.41.047, you can restore your firearm rights if you can prove the following by a preponderance of the evidence:

  • You are no longer required to participate in court-ordered mental health treatment 
  • You have successfully managed your mental health condition
  • You no longer present a "substantial danger" to yourself or others 
  • Your mental health conditions are "not reasonably likely to occur"

To restore your rights, you have to file a motion in the superior court that ordered your commitment or found you to be incompetent.  

 

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